In Australia, Google makes publisher deals, Facebook walks

Google is striking deals in Australia to pay for journalism but Facebook is vowing to restrict news sharing as Australian lawmakers consider forcing digital giants into payment agreements.

Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. announced a wide-ranging deal with Google Wednesday. Major Australian media organization Seven West Media reached a deal earlier, its rival Nine Entertainment is reportedly close to its own pact and Australian Broadcasting Corp. is in negotiations.

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ACCC vows to pursue Google’s ad dominance, as tech giant threatens to remove its search engine from Australia
The Federal Government has tech giants’ power firmly in its sights, with the consumer watchdog warning of a lack of competition and transparency in the digital advertising space.

A new interim report from the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) inquiry into digital advertising zeros in on Google’s “significant presence” in the ad tech supply chain.
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-02-17/accc-pursues-google-ad-dominance-facebook-tech-giants-news-code/13147644

Posts disappear from pages of Health authorities, Bureau of Meteorology amid Facebook news ban
Facebook has restricted access to news in Australia, and so far the tech giant seems to have taken a pretty broad definition of news.

Some pages that don’t fit the traditional news genre have been stripped out as part of the stoush between Facebook and the federal government over whether the social media company should pay for Australian content it runs on its site.
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-02-18/facebook-news-ban-for-australia-explained-what-it-means/13166394

Facebook news ban stops Australians from sharing or viewing Australian and international news content
Australians are being blocked from accessing news in their Facebook feeds, in a dramatic escalation of the social media giant’s stand-off with the federal government.

Australians waking up this morning found they were blocked from receiving news from publishers’ pages, including news organisations like the ABC.

The social media giant said it made the move in response to the government’s proposed media bargaining laws, which would force major tech giants to pay Australian news outlets for their content.
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-02-18/facebook-to-restrict-sharing-or-viewing-news-in-australia/13166208

Google and Facebook: the landmark Australian law that will make them pay for news content
The Australian parliament is poised to pass a landmark media law that would make Google and Facebook pay news publishers for displaying their content.
https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2021/feb/16/google-and-facebook-the-landmark-australian-law-that-will-make-them-pay-for-news-content

Google Is Suddenly Paying for News in Australia. What About Everywhere Else?
Pathbreaking legislation showed that even a small nation can get the tech giant to bend. But the United States seems unlikely to follow.
https://www.nytimes.com/2021/02/17/business/media/australia-google-pay-for-news.html

Facebook and Google Diverge in Response to Proposed Australian Law
With Australia moving to make the tech companies pay for news, Facebook said it would block news links in the country while Google has struck deals to pay publishers.
https://www.nytimes.com/2021/02/17/technology/facebook-google-australia-news.html

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